Framingham Public Schools Applying For $1.96 Million Grant

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FRAMINGHAM – Framingham Public Schools is pleased to announce the Community Resource Development (CRD) Department is applying for Fiscal Year 2022 Massachusetts 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) Grant in the amount of $1.96 million dollars over the course of five years.

This funding will support out of school time programming at Fuller Middle School and Cameron Middle School from Fiscal Year 2022 through Fiscal Year 2026, said the district in a press release.

This program offering is an expansion to the current Exemplary site Walsh Middle School.

The 21st CCLC Grant supports high-quality out-of-school time programs, particularly economically-disadvantaged and high needs students, said the district.

These students will be referred to the program through collaboration between building-based administrators, educators, and Out-of-School Time (OST) staff, said the public school district in a press release.

Once students are identified, they will be invited to join the program, said the district.

”If awarded, this grant will support our Fuller and Cameron communities, providing expanded out of school time programs with community partner support to more than 100 new students,” said Tiffany Lillie, Director of the Office of Community Resource Development. “The program will consist of three tracks including High School and College Readiness by The Metrowest College Planning Collaborative, Enrichment Project-Based Learning by the MetroWest YMCA, and Leadership by the Office of Community Resource Development at FPS. We are hopeful that the 21st CCLC program will bring an added level of community collaboration to further support our students.” 

The 21st Century Community Learning Centers programs support the creation of ‘community learning centers’ that provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for children, particularly students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools.

The program has a positive impact on students’ academic outcomes, increasing school day attendance, engagement in learning, and implementing social and emotional learning best practices.

Nationwide, this program serves nearly 2 million youth, through grants awarded by state education agencies.

The Office of Community Resource Development (CRD) serves as a facilitator for the Framingham Public Schools in providing multifaceted, comprehensive, and holistic learning opportunities to all students through programming that addresses social and emotional development and provides academic supports that complement the school day.

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